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The Ringmaster General

The Ringmaster General by Dave Stewart
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Surfdog Records
A companion piece to The Blackbird Diaries, released the previous year, The Ringmaster General is another solid set of soul-infused dad rock and Americana recorded at John and Martina McBride's Blackbird Studios in Nashville. This time around, though, Stewart's music has significantly more bite ("Girl in a Catsuit"), more fun ("I Got Love") and more boogie ("Story of Success"). Funny thing: Stewart's brand of rootsy pop-n-roll sounds awfully like John Mellencamp circa 1985's Scarecrow. Then again, that can be said of most everything that has emerged from Music City U.S.A. in the 21st century.
Justin Farrar